Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History by Mark Lawrence Schrad

By Mark Lawrence Schrad

Publish 12 months note: First released December nineteenth 2013
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Russia is known for its vodka, and its tradition of maximum intoxication. yet simply as vodka is primary to the lives of many Russians, it's also critical to figuring out Russian heritage and politics.

In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism isn't really hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, yet fairly their autocratic political process, which has lengthy wielded vodka as a device of statecraft. via a chain of ancient investigations stretching from Ivan the negative via Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics offers the key heritage of the Russian kingdom itself-a heritage that's soaking wet in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than brushing aside) the position of alcohol in Russian politics yields a extra nuanced figuring out of Russian background itself: from palace intrigues lower than the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet management, vodka is there in abundance.

Beyond bright anecdotes, Schrad scours unique files and archival facts to respond to provocative old questions. How have Russia's rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What function did alcohol play in tsarist coups? used to be Nicholas II's ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? might the Soviet Union became a global strength with no liquor? How did vodka politics give a contribution to the cave in of either communism and public health and wellbeing within the Nineteen Nineties? How can the Kremlin triumph over vodka's hurdles to provide higher social future health, prosperity, and democracy into the future?

Viewing Russian background throughout the backside of the vodka bottle is helping us to appreciate why the "liquor question" is still very important to Russian excessive politics even today-almost a century after the problem have been positioned to mattress in such a lot any other glossy kingdom. certainly, spotting and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies could be the maximum political problem for this iteration of Russia's management, in addition to the following

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Steeltown, USSR: Soviet Society in the Gorbachev Era by Stephen Kotkin

By Stephen Kotkin

No one, now not even Mikhail Gorbachev, expected what used to be in shop whilst the Soviet Union embarked within the Nineteen Eighties on an intensive process long-overdue structural reform. the implications of that momentous choice, which set in movement a change ultimately affecting the complete postwar international order, are right here chronicled from inside of a formerly forbidden Soviet urban, Magnitogorsk. outfitted lower than Stalin and championed by means of him as a show off of socialism, town remained closed to Western scrutiny until eventually 4 years in the past, while Stephen Kotkin grew to become the 1st American to stay there in approximately part a century.

An uncommonly perceptive observer, a talented author, and a main social scientist, Kotkin deals the reader an unsurpassed portrait of way of life within the Gorbachev period. From the formation of "informal" political teams to the start-up of fledgling companies within the new cooperative quarter, from the no-holds-barred investigative reporting of a former Communist celebration mouthpiece to a freewheeling multicandidate election crusade, the writer conveys the feel of latest Soviet society within the throes of an upheaval no longer visible because the 1930s.

Magnitogorsk, a deliberate "garden urban" within the Ural Mountains, serves as Kotkin's laboratory for watching the innovative adjustments happening within the Soviet Union this present day. ruled via a self-perpetuating Communist social gathering computing device, choked by means of business pollutants, and haunted through a suppressed earlier, this once-proud urban now faces an doubtful destiny, as do the a couple of thousand different business towns during the Soviet Union.

Kotkin made his outstanding first stopover at in 1987 and back in 1989. On either events, steelworkers and schoolteachers, bus drivers and housewives, intellectuals and previous sufferers of oppression—all willingly progressed to voice long-suppressed grievances and aspirations. Their phrases animate this relocating narrative, the 1st to check the effect and contradictions of perestroika in one neighborhood. Like no different Soviet urban, Magnitogorsk offers a window onto the determined fight to beat the heavy burden of Stalin's legacy.

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Lenin: A Political Life, The Strengths of Contradiction, by Robert Service

By Robert Service

.."". we're indebted to the writer for a stimulating and balanced examine of Lenin -- a research that provides many priceless insights and a great deal of new fabric in accordance with his archive study, and that sharpens our photograph and figuring out of 'the dreamer within the Kremlin.'"" -- The Russian Review

Lenin: A Political lifestyles is a tremendous three-volume paintings on Vladimir Ilich Lenin, his rules, task, and atmosphere. the 1st quantity, overlaying the years from 1870 to 1910, lines his upward thrust to authority and his political issues after 1903. provider ably demonstrates the advanced interaction of principles, job, and setting that brought on the alternative of identify for the 1st quantity: The Strengths of Contradiction.

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Empire Speaks Out: Languages of Rationalization and by Ilya Gerasimov, Jan Kusber, Alexander Semyonov

By Ilya Gerasimov, Jan Kusber, Alexander Semyonov

Historians habitually write approximately empires that extend, salary wars, and cave in, as though empires have been self-evident and self-conscious entities with a different and transparent feel of objective. The tales of empires are instructed within the language of contemporary nation-centred social sciences: multi-cultural and heterogeneous empires of the previous look both as large "nations" with a typical language, tradition, and territory, or as amalgamations of would-be countries striving to realize independence. Empire Speaks Out reconstructs the historic come across of the Russian Empire of the 17th in the course of the early 20th centuries with the complicated problem of modernity. It does so by means of taking the self-awareness of empire heavily, and through taking a look into how bureaucrats, ideologues, politicians, students, and glossy pros defined the ethnic, cultural, and social range of the empire. "Empire" then finds itself now not via planned and well-conceived activities of a few mysterious political physique, yet as a sequence of "imperial events" that assorted humans stumble upon and understand in universal different types. The clarification of formerly intuitive social practices as imperial languages is the principal subject of the gathering. This e-book is released with aid from Volkswagen origin, in the collective examine venture "Languages of Self Description and illustration within the Russian Empire"

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Science for the Masses: The Bolshevik State, Public Science, by James T. Andrews

By James T. Andrews

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“A publication like no different in Russian experiences. Andrews has made a tremendous contribution to our figuring out of Russia and where of technology in its culture.”--Loren Graham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Loren Graham, Massachusetts Institute of expertise )

About the Author

JAMES T. ANDREWS got his Ph.D. on the college of Chicago. He has taught as a vacationing professor at quite a few educational associations, together with the college of Texas at Austin, and has been affiliated as a senior study go along with the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of the heritage of technological know-how and know-how in Moscow and St. Petersburg. He at present is an affiliate professor of contemporary Russian background at Iowa country collage in Ames.

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Russia, NATO and Cooperative Security: Bridging the Gap by Lionel Ponsard

By Lionel Ponsard

This e-book explores mutual universal flooring among Russia and NATO and the aptitude to maneuver past cultural variations, really in political tradition.

Lionel Ponsard essentially demonstrates how cooperative protection may possibly function a method to bridge the distance among supposedly adversarial entities: NATO and Russia. He skilfully exhibits that by means of construction self belief among the 2 events approximately each one other’s intentions, cooperative safety can keep watch over attitudes that may differently result in misperception.

Focusing at the peculiarity of NATO-Russia family members, this distinct e-book adopts the Russian method of those kinfolk, drawing on Ponsard’s deep services. 3 transparent components of this quantity articulate this unique paintings: the definition of the Russian identification, Russia’s angle to NATO and the query of cooperation in Russia-NATO relatives. The research of the Russian id sheds a few mild on what occurred to this dating some time past a number of years and gives key classes for today’s concerns of the kingdom. problems that experience arisen because the finish of the Soviet Union till the production of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002 also are under pressure and interpreted, including to an outstanding research of 1 of the foremost components in modern security.

This publication should be of serious curiosity to all scholars of NATO, protection reports, Russian experiences and diplomacy commonly.

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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One by Bill Browder

By Bill Browder

A real-life political mystery approximately an American financier within the Wild East of Russia, the homicide of his principled younger tax lawyer, and his harmful undertaking to reveal the Kremlin’s corruption.

Bill Browder’s trip begun at the South part of Chicago and moved via Stanford company university to the dog-eat-dog global of hedge fund making an investment within the Nineteen Nineties. It persisted in Moscow, the place Browder made his fortune heading the biggest funding fund in Russia after the Soviet Union’s cave in. but if he uncovered the corrupt oligarchs who have been robbing the firms within which he was once making an investment, Vladimir Putin became on him and, in 2005, had him expelled from Russia.

In 2007, a gaggle of legislations enforcement officials raided Browder’s places of work in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s businesses had paid to the Russian executive. Browder’s legal professional Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and exposed a sprawling felony firm. A month after Sergei testified opposed to the officers concerned, he was once arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, the place he used to be tortured for a 12 months. On November sixteen, 2009, he was once ended in an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and overwhelmed to dying by means of 8 guards in complete insurrection gear.

Browder glimpsed the guts of darkness, and it remodeled his existence: he launched into an unrelenting quest for justice in Sergei’s identify, exposing the towering cover-up that leads correct as much as Putin. A monetary caper, a criminal offense mystery, and a political campaign, pink observe is the tale of 1 guy taking up overpowering odds to alter the area.

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The Russian Revolution, 1900-1927 (Studies in European by Robert Service

By Robert Service

This renowned, concise and hugely readable examine discusses the major topics and debates concerning the Russian Revolution. Robert Service's vigorous research examines:
• country and society below the Romanovs from 1900
• the February and October Revolutions of 1917
• the ultimate years of the Romanov dynasty and the beginning of the Soviet order
• comparisons with political, social and financial developments in other places within the world
• the level to which the later improvement of the USSR was once conditioned by way of the October Revolution.

Clear and incisive, the fourth version has been completely revised and up-to-date within the gentle of the newest learn and lines a brand new scene-setting advent and maps. Service's textual content is still the basic start line for someone learning this tumultuous interval within the heritage of Russia and the realm within the 20th century.

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Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator by Oleg V. Khlevniuk, Nora Seligman Favorov

By Oleg V. Khlevniuk, Nora Seligman Favorov

The so much authoritative and engrossing biography of the infamous dictator ever written

Josef Stalin exercised ideally suited strength within the Soviet Union from 1929 until eventually his dying in 1953. in the course of that quarter-century, by way of Oleg Khlevniuk’s estimate, he prompted the imprisonment and execution of no fewer than one million Soviet electorate per year. thousands extra have been sufferers of famine without delay caused by Stalin's rules. What drove him towards such ruthlessness? This crucial biography, by way of the writer so much deeply conversant in the huge documents of the Soviet period, deals an unheard of, fine-grained portrait of Stalin the fellow and dictator. with out mythologizing Stalin as both benevolent or an evil genius, Khlevniuk resolves quite a few controversies approximately particular occasions within the dictator’s existence whereas assembling many 1000s of formerly unknown letters, memos, experiences, and diaries right into a finished, compelling narrative of a existence that altered the process global history.
 
in short, revealing prologues to every bankruptcy, Khlevniuk takes his reader into Stalin’s favourite dacha, the place the innermost circle of Soviet management accumulated as their vozhd lay demise. Chronological chapters then remove darkness from significant issues: Stalin’s early life, his involvement within the Revolution and the early Bolshevik executive lower than Lenin, his assumption of undivided energy and mandate for industrialization and collectivization, the fear, global warfare II, and the postwar interval. on the book’s end, the writer offers a cogent caution opposed to nostalgia for the Stalinist era.

 

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